Dogs like the Toyota Auris Hybrid, that's a fact. At least it must be because pet superstore chain, Pets at Home, has taken delivery of six UK-built Toyota Auris Hybrid cars to support is growing dog grooming service, The Groom Room, launched four years ago.
The hybrid Toyotas will be driven by regional district managers, covering around 30,000 miles a year. As most of this will be town and city driving, this was one of the key reasons for choosing a hybrid model.
Pets at Home is to grow its grooming business this year, from the 89 salons currently open inside its stores, adding a further 30.
The Auris Hybrid uses a 1.8 litre petrol engine teamed with an electric motor and a stop/start system. Thanks to this combination of an efficient petrol engine and a small battery pack, the Auris Hybrid is capable of achieving 74.3 mpg (combined cycle) and emits from as little as 84g/km CO2.
Simon McKee, Pets at Home Fleet Manager, said: "We chose Auris Hybrid because it's efficient, environmentally friendly and large enough to fit the various dog grooming equipment in without being imposingly big if the driver isn't used to larger vehicles."
Since the new Auris, launched last December, including the Hybrid model, sales have shot up 27 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, across Europe. The hybrid version has performed even better with sales increasing 69 per cent year-on-year. In the UK, there has been an increase of 31 per cent in Auris Hybrid sales in the first quarter of the year.
I don't think any of these new Auris Hybrid owners actually consulted their dogs over the purchase, though.
An estate version, the Auris Touring Sports with hybrid model, is due to launch this summer.
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